I was recently asked by new author Emily Quinn if I would help promote her and her debut novel, A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR from The Wild Rose Press, and well, you know me and debut authors - I immediately said yes. Since I hadn't read this newly released contemporary romance, I sent her off some questions but she was kind enough to send me a copy of the book, just in case I wanted to read it. Read it, I did, and I'm very glad I did.
***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Blurb for A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR:
What a playboy wants, a playboy gets...
Alex St. Jones, black sheep of the famous St. Joneses, is the playboy of playboys whose only love affair is his freedom. He lives by one rule: Enchant them. Seduce them. Leave them. But that's about to change when a midnight temptress stumbles upon him and demands he kiss her.
Carly Mitchell wants nothing to do with Alex St. Jones. She hates his good looks, his arrogance. Plus, he won't leave her alone no matter what she does. Most importantly, she hates that she's falling for him. But she's determined not to go down without a fight and to teach him a lesson at that. Alex may have met the one woman he cannot tame, but he doesn't plan on letting that stop him.
Will Carly withstand his charms? When two strong personalities collide, sparks are sure to fly.
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Carly Mitchell is angry and heartbroken when she first encounters Alex St. Jones in the garden at a party. She wants nothing more than to give her ex as much heartache as he gave her. Knowing Matt will see her with Alex, the most notorious playboy of playboys, she demands Alex kiss her. When Alex is slow to comply, she throws herself at the man. The next day, when Matt confronts her with what she did, Carly leads him to believe that she slept with Alex St. Jones. What she doesn't know is that Matt is one of Alex's clients and that she has now cost his firm a lot of money - a whole lot of money.
Alex St. Jones doesn't know who the beautiful woman is, who grabbed and kissed him, but he knows she owes him. Her lie has landed him with a black eye, and in the very hot seat after being raked over the coals by his partners for losing such a huge client in Matthew Bolerjack - something he had nothing to do with, but which Carly Mitchell created with her 'little white lie'. Now, Alex is determined to not only to get payback but to get her into his bed once he's won. One thing he knows well - Alex St. Jones never loses.
Forced into playing escort to Alex isn't the worse part of her forced agreement, but Carly finds that trying to keep herself from succumbing to the charms of this man, known for going through women like a kid through candy, was most definitely difficult. Determined not to become one more of his many conquests, Carly does her best to keep her distance, all the while finding herself wanting the man all the more.
A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn is a fun, fast-paced, delightfully romantic love story born out of a stolen kiss and ending with a happily-ever-after that will have you smiling. And if you're like me, eagerly looking forward to what might come from this debut author since we're left with a hint of a clue. I will admit that I've seen better covers but as the old saying says, don't judge a book by its cover - the cover on this book is deceiving. On the cover, our hero has an innocent, elegant look to him and the heroine a stylish yet coy and demure air about her, but the hero of this story is nothing close to innocent. Alex knows style and elegance, but is most certainly endearingly down to earth. The heroine, although stylish and fashionable, is far from coy or demure, but instead is bold, confident, and feisty enough to keep our her playboy tantalized until he can no longer think of life without her. Secondary characters in the form of friends and enemies push this story through its paces leaving you always wondering if their friends might have something more up their sleeves. I adore their friends.
I very much recommend this lovely, fun debut novel, A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn to anyone who loves a romance born from conflict, that fires with passion fueled by tension, and comes together in a sighingly sweet happily-ever-after that leaves you smiling with that 'Ahhhh, that's cute' ending.
I will be interviewing the lovely Emily Quinn this coming Wacky Wednesday which will feature an excerpt as well as a giveaway, so please do drop by.
Happy Reading Everyone!
A PLAYBOY'S LOVE AFFAIR by Emily Quinn, Wild Rose Press, available now in ebook format at Amazon Kindle.